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Dirt is Good for You: True Stories of Surviving Parenthood Paperback – Bargain Price, September 9, 2009
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I currently live with three children not of my own, and one next door...they are all my nieces and nephew. Sometimes I don't agree with this and that of whatever their parents do in regards to raising them, but I am intrigued as to how I'll approach things when the time does come. Whether I will be as I say or change as some suggest. I am a male and most of the tales in the books are from women.
The following is the ToC, and their titles help convey what you would find in them, interpret them as you will. I read this book not with the view that these are good or horrible parents but as just people who happen to have kids and what THEY are doing or have learned (if any). I hope that typing the ToC will be allowed, it was a lot to type up. :)
getting something off my chest: Even I'm freaked out by my extended breast-feeding
you made cereal for dinner? How I came to resent my stay-at-home husband, and how we got over it
behind the curve: I'm Embarrassed one of my children is "below average" on the development charts
diamonds are for labor: I succumbed to the push present craze
out of sight: why I don't use a baby monitor
mama's boys: Am I spoiling my sons?
the mimalist: I don't buy my kids toys
surprise me: I feed my baby fast food
unschooling: I'm not sending my five-year-old to school this year--or maybe ever
clothing optional: I let my daughter run around naked
take mypets, please: I turned on our animals as soon as I had a baby
a private matter: Sorry, sexperts--in our house, it's Vajayjay
fight club: I argue with my wife in front of our kids
full house: what's so wrong with wanting six kids
suck city: I hope my child never gets rid of that pacifier
the not-so-happy accident: I wasn't totally happy to turn up pregnant a thirt time
the little man: I wanted a girl, but I got a boy--and how
sisterhood, shmisterhood: Those first few months, I wanted to talk to anyone but other new moms
drive to it: I breast-fed in a moving vehicle
let them eat nuggets: my kids are picky eaters, and I'm okay with that
screen queen: I let my toddler watch up to six hours of tv a day
to hell with baby-proofing: I'm not securing any cabinets
nude awakening: am I scarring my kids by walking around naked?
anger management: I lose my temper, and I think that's okay
game over: I hate playing with my kids
straight to the bottle: I decided not to breast-feed
raising the bar: I washed my child's mouth
my baby was a cover girl: I stage-mothered my infant
birthday parties gone wild: Limo? Check. Tiger club? Check. My son having fun? Uh...
love you, hate your kid: How could I feel so little affection for my friend's three-year-old?
lightweight boots: I have fights with my three-month-old
every look is a do: I let my kids wear whatever crazy clothes they want
In praise of c-sections: Why I had a scheduled cesarean
the baby between us: I'm jealous of my daughter and she's not even born yet
bond rate: I didn't fall in love with my baby the first moment
dr. mom: I left my medical practice to stay at home with the kidsn, but I'm not part of the so-called "opt-out revolution"
nightmare alley: I kind of like it when my kids are scared
baby vs. career: To work or stay home?
my own flesh and blood: I love being a stepparent, but I love my biological kid best
bumpy road: I hated being pregnant
breast friends: I cross-nursed with my friend
natural born cheerleader: I was surprised to have such a good girl
the misanthrope: I hate Maisy Mouse. Hate.
street walkers: Why I'm raising my children in the city
how to do everything wrong. bonding: Ask timidly if you are "allowed to breast-feed"
so no big surprise that this has leaked out into parenting. people are so caught up in their value systems and pushing them on their kids, that they forget there are other people outside the bubble that they live in.
like minded parents, like minded co workers, like minded family members.
we have become so "like minded" that we can't agree on anything as a society anymore. look at the opinion polls which more and more come up with 50/50 percent splits in major issues.
So how does this relate to this book? simple. the book outlines how other people handle the challenges of parenting. it doesn't purport that any one way is the "best" or necessarily better than others. in the disingenuous words of fox news "we report, you decide". as a parent, I agreed with some of this, and disagreed with a lot of it.
but then again, if I find a book about parenting that I totally agree with, probably time to go out and seek some other points of view. parenting is a challenge. reading about how other people successfully or unsuccessfully handle the task is always enlightening.
Are some of the stories outrageous? Yes.
Do some of them hit home? Yes.
Are some of them crazy? Yes.
Do some of them sound like you could have written them? Probably.
Should this book be read and enjoyed as a comedic break from parenting? Sure.
Might you glean some helpful thoughts from this book? Sure.
Should this book be taken as advice? No.
I do like that the stories are short--something you can read quickly and easily in between the hundreds of things you have to do as a new parent, being exhausted, and needing a small break.
I would recommend getting this book and sharing it with all your other new mom (or, heck, old mom friends!) because once you read it, there is no reason to keep it (i.e. it's not a reference book or self help book by any stretch of the imagination), so it is a good book to pass around--share the wealth, so-to-speak.
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